How to Grocery Shop Every Two Weeks

Time and Money Saver!

Over the past 15 years I have tried it all when going to the grocery.   Shop every few days,  shop once a week and in my dreams I go out to eat to a fabulous restaurant every day :)  Ha ha!  The most cost and time efficient way is to shop every two weeks!!!

When I run in to the grocery just to pick up just a few items I need, it always ends up costing me $60- $100.   There are a couple of impulse buys …usually in the chocolate or junk food aisle.

Here is how to get started:

1.  Set a budget that works for your family… don’t look at other people’s budget,  every family’s needs are different.  I budget $150 per week for food.   I have 5 people in my family and that works for us.  Pick a budget that works for you.

2.  Take Inventory of Your Pantry –  The best gift you can give yourself is having a well stocked pantry.  Here is my list of items in my pantry.  MB’s  Pantry List

3.  Make a Grocery List –  I hang a grocery list in a cabinet in my kitchen and add to it when I am running low on a specific item.  My grocery list has simple categories: Produce, Bread, Meat, Frozen, Canned Goods, Dairy and Misc.  Free printable Blank Grocery List.

4.  Pick a Day to grocery shop  I shop on Tuesdays a lot.  The shelves are stocked and the store is not as crowded.

5. Ask for help at the grocery!  If the strawberries look a little old,  I ask the Produce associate if they happen to have any strawberries in the back that look better.   They are always happy to help.  My family drinks a lot of milk.  I need the expiration date to last until my shopping trip two weeks later.  If the milk is not dated far enough out,  I ask someone if they have a couple of gallons of milk from the back with a later expiration date.  They are always so kind and say ” It’s no problem at all :)”


Here are some helpful hints to help with your first two weeks:

*  Use all the food in your Fridge before you head back to the Grocery – You will waste less food and save money in the end.

* Be creative!  If you are out of something,try substituting the item with something you have in your fridge rather than going to the store

* I bulk shop at Costco to stock up on meats/ fish and some pantry items( oatmeal , ground flax seed, honey )

*  I freeze all my meat/fish and take them out as needed.

*  Use the produce that spoils quickly in the first week and the produce with the longer shelf life the second week.

Produce to use in the First Week:

Fruit: Berries, grapes,  bananas,

Veggies:  asparagus , green beans, broccoli, spinach, mushrooms

Second weeks

Fruit: apple, pears, bananas ( maybe the green bananas have ripened and are ready to use), melons, pineapple

Veggies:  potatoes,  yams, cauliflower, cabbage, fennel, romaine lettuce, Brussel sprouts

*  Keep a couple bags of frozen fruit and vegetables in the freezer incase you run out of fresh items

*  Base your meals on what items you have left in your pantry/fridge.


For meal ideas and detailed grocery lists, please visit my Grocery Shopping List and Meal Plans.



Comments: 12

  1. Jamie February 26, 2013 at 2:36 pm Reply

    Would love to be able to Pin these tips! :)

  2. MB February 26, 2013 at 9:41 pm Reply

    Great idea! I will try to put a share bar here!

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  4. Dorrit March 8, 2013 at 2:09 pm Reply

    Oh my gosh!! This is SOOO helpful! Thanks MB, I cannot wait to implement this shopping strategy. I’ll let you know how it goes! :)

    • MB March 8, 2013 at 2:12 pm Reply

      Thanks Dorrit! Let me know how the shopping goes :)

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